Attorney General William Barr released a statement on Saturday, announcing that both the FBI and Office of Inspector General will open investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who was in jail facing charges of federal sex trafficking.
Barr’s statement read: “I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”
Along with Barr, Epstein’s death prompted other politicians demanding answers. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted, “We need answers. Lots of them.”
We need answers. Lots of them.https://t.co/4DMckiZnVB
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 10, 2019
Both Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel, whose district is where many of Epstein’s alleged crimes took place, and Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts congressman Seth Moulton said the search for justice for Epstein’s alleged victims should continue, along with an investigation into his death.
“The death of Jeffrey Epstein does not end the need for justice for his victims or the right of the public to know why a prolific child molester got a slap on the wrist instead of a long prison sentence,” Frankel said.
“The investigation into Epstein should continue. We need to know who was involved in his sex trafficking, and the victims deserve justice,” Moulton tweeted.
The investigation into Epstein should continue. We need to know who was involved in his sex trafficking, and the victims deserve justice.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) August 10, 2019
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), a member of the Oversight Committee, released a scathing statement calling for her committee to investigate. The congresswoman said that documents released on Friday show “Epstein had a vast network of young girls he abused and trafficked and he was aided and abetted by law enforcement, prosecutors, and others who looked the other way.”
Speier continued, “Epstein’s crimes were not contained to him. Congress has a duty to ensure all those who played a role in this travesty of justice answer to those crimes. The survivors of Epstein’s exploitation demand and deserve nothing less.”
Democratic presidential candidate and senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), gave a measured response when asked about Epstein’s death, saying that she didn’t know all of the details yet but spoke about the “deeply troubling” accusations against Epstein, adding that she “would have preferred to see him to face justice.”
NEW: New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand says Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide should be reviewed: “We would have preferred obviously him to face justice, but it’s always sad that someone doesn’t survive suicide.” https://t.co/ki8InYMbdB pic.twitter.com/QWhi11rRXb
— ABC News (@ABC) August 10, 2019